A new Barbie doll has parents urging for a boycott. This new Barbie doll comes equipped with a camera which children can use to record footage of themselves playing.
This Barbie doll sounds pretty cool – and surely will make the top of your childâ€™s wish list this holiday season. However, before you buy, you may want to hear why some parents are calling for a boycott.
The tiny camera is in the form of a small LCD screen which is cleverly hidden in the dollâ€™s necklace. Kids can record themselves playing for up to 30 minutes at a time and are instantly able to play back the recorded footage.
That sounds fun! However â€“ this is the part that has experts concerned. Your child can also upload this footage into the computer and share their play sessions online with their friends.
Sally-Anne McCormack, a clinical psychologist in Australia, says the toy could be abused as a “potentially pornographic tool.” According to MSNBC, she said â€œit would be easy for someone with perverse intentions to hand the doll to a childâ€ and she counsels children already about the dangers of being filmed unknowingly.
Sadly, McCormack makes a valid point â€“ there certainly are creeps out there who could use the doll manipulatively. Children â€“ and parents – should be cautioned of the potential dangers of being recorded and posting the footage on the internet.
At this time, the Barbie doll by Mattel is retailing for $110.
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